Arts and Entertainment They should have known better: the controversial cover of the Beatles' 1966 album 'Yesterday and Today', released by Capitol in the US

As a box-set of The Beatles' US albums is released, Andy Gill laments America's cavalier approach to the Fab Four's classics

Album: I Am Kloot, Sky at Night (EMI)

Gentle melancholia as tied to its place of origin (Manchester) as Richard Hawley's is to Sheffield.

Album: Kylie, Aphrodite (Parlophone)

With Aphrodite, Kylie shimmies her way further down the road of single-issue synth-pop, to the detriment of any notable individual characteristics.

EMI's chairman steps down as part of wider strategy revamp

EMI, the debt-laden music group, yesterday surprised the market with a shake up of its board just a week after it received a £105m bailout from its private equity owner that saved it from falling under the control of its bank.

The business on...Guy Hands, Founder, Terra Firma

Hello, Goodbye

Hello Guy Hands, the private equity investor, who founded Terra Firma in 2002 after a stellar career at Goldman Sachs and Nomura, where he made his fortune. And goodbye EMI, Terra Firma's most troublesome investment – if the private equity company doesn't come up with £105m by Monday, it will lose control of the music company, best known as the home of the Beatles.

Album: The Chemical Brothers, Further (Freestyle Dust/Parlophone)

"Further", of course, was the destination-plate of the bus driven across America by Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, and thus makes a fitting title for an album on which The Chemical Brothers indulge their more psychedelic leanings.

Album: Howard Goodall The Seasons (EMI Classics)

While not wishing to criticise any modern composer savvy enough to secure a commission, there are obvious potential problems when the piper playing the tune is an ITV series fronted by Alan Titchmarsh, as with The Seasons.

Bob Mercer: Music industry executive who signed Kate Bush and masterminded the Now! series of compilation albums

The music industry executive Bob Mercer played an important part in the success of EMI Records throughout the 1970s.

Album: LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/Parlophone)

Murphy's law: put the others in the shade – then bow out

Better the devil you know: Terra Firma keeps EMI after raising cash

The private equity tycoon Guy Hands has won the battle to keep control of EMI Music, whose artists include Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams, after raising enough investment to avoid the beleaguered label defaulting on its loans.

Terra Firma in race for EMI investor backing

Private equity group Terra Firma was last night locked in talks with investors to secure the funds it needs to avoid losing control of its music label EMI this week.

Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now (Capitol/Parlophone)

Country music sanitised, buffed, autotuned and Fleetwood Mac'd to within an inch of its life, and not in a good way.

Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now (Parlophone)

The UK may still be infatuated with Lady Gaga, but America has gone gaga over Lady Antebellum – and it's easy to see why, given the way the trio's politely rockin' country-pop fits the same musical demographic which made Garth Brooks the most bankable singer on the planet.

EMI in dire straits as talks with Universal and Sony collapse

Music label left with two months to raise £120m and keep creditors at bay

Album: Laura Marling, I Speak Because I Can (EMI)

The first album wascallow but brimming withobvious talent. Here's thespill-over. Splashy, gushy,slightly too much. Anacoustic record of ultrapoeticmythopoeia,arranged with a heftystylistic debt to the LAcanyons of 1972 butevincing real Englishness.There are only a coupleof duff songs here, whichis good going consideringthe riskiness and reach ofher writing. Marling isgenuinely original, and ina pop market saturatedwith singer-songwritingmediocrity, she is to betreasured. And nurtured.

Gorillaz aped my song, says furious Eddy Grant

Reggae star demands full credit and apology from Damon Albarn's band
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